2025 Broadcast Honors Submissions Now Open

Fran Lebowitz knows what she likes—and what she doesn’t like. For decades, the critic and essayist has been expressing her opinions, sometimes grouchily, always riotously. A New Yorker to the core, Lebowitz has raised straight talk to an art form, packaging her no-nonsense observations about the city and its denizens into a punchy running commentary.

Directed by Lebowitz’s longtime friend Martin Scorsese, the 7-part documentary series Pretend It’s a City is a double dose of NYC attitude that sparks pangs of delight, fury and recognition among those who love the place as deeply as they do.